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Largest Wärtsilä common-rail engine tested at Hyundai

Largest Wärtsilä common-rail engine tested at Hyundai

Seoul: Korea-based Hyundai Heavy Industries has successfully tested Wärtsilä's 14-cylinder RT-flex96C common-rail low-speed engine (pictured) at its Ulsan engine base. The engine, which Wärtsilä claims is the world's most powerful diesel engine in production, features fully electronically-controlled common-rail systems for fuel injection and valve actuation.

It will be installed in the first of a series of eight 8600teu container ships under construction at the yard for Hyundai Merchant Marine. This type of engine is already in service onboard five large containerships, of which the first entered service in last September.

In a statement, Wärtsilä said, "The common-rail systems give unrivalled flexibility in the way the engines operate, to deliver benefits such as smokeless operation at all operating speeds and lower emissions in general, lower fuel consumption, reduced maintenance costs and lower steady operating speeds for better manoeuvring. The RT-flex system also has the potential for adaptation to future needs."  [26/06/07]